Obs 01 Feb 2005 part 2

From: Greg Roberts (grr@iafrica.com)
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 10:33:19 EST

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    Observations 01 Feb 2005  Part 2
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    Cosatrak 1 (Computerised satellite Tracking System).
    MINTRON low light level CCD surveillance camera (0.005 lux typical
    in non integration mode) and 0.00005 lux in STARLIGHT mode with 128
    frame integration. Due to bright sky it is not worthwhile integrating
    more than 48 frames which is equivalent to an exposure of 0.96 seconds.
    
    Used with 145mm focal length f/2.5 lens giving a field of view of
    about 2.55 x 1.86 degrees and easily showing 12th magnitude stars.
    Not the best lens optically but the most useful in terms of field
    of view and magnitude penetration.
    
    Data recorded on DVD R/W disks - will be kept for 1 month and then
    re-used - just in case any queries as Im always making mistakes!
    
    Site 0433 : Longitude 18.51294 deg East, Latitude  33.94058 deg S,
    Elevation 10 metres - situated in Pinelands (Cape Town), South Africa
    
    
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20050201210025000 17 15 1434247-563049 39
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20050201210122600 17 15 1336219-550435 39
    23851 96 024A   0433 G 20050201210155200 17 15 1259458-525552 39
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20050201212745700 17 15 0244198-201221 39
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20050201212920700 17 15 0214290-410138 39
    05681 71 110D   0433 G 20050201213101500 17 15 0100456-604643 39
    27168 02 001A   0433 G 20050201221156300 17 15 0708093+063916 39
    05678 71 110A   0433 G 20050201221747700 17 15 0238575-283247 39
    05678 71 110A   0433 G 20050201221830900 17 15 0224033-360436 39
    05682 71 110E   0433 G 20050201204958100 17 15 0357234-035803 39
    05682 71 110E   0433 G 20050201205152300 17 15 0356473-384936 39
    05682 71 110E   0433 G 20050201205238400 17 15 0351360-545933 39
    
    
    Strays observed:
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    25861 99 039B   0433 G 20050201193225900 17 15 0150042-661915 39  +040 05
    25861 99 039B   0433 G 20050201193226800 17 15 0151433-655510 39  +040 05
    25861 99 039B   0433 G 20050201193227800 17 15 0153173-653222 39  +040 05
    25861 99 039B   0433 G 20050201193228800 17 15 0154574-650845 39  +040 05
    28381 04 028B   0433 G 20050201185240200 17 15 1037011-514740 39  +055 05
    00447 62 060B   0433 G 20050201200352300 17 15 0129414-374559 39  +070 05
    09063 76 077B   0433 G 20050201201209600 17 15 0440042-760054 39  +090 05
    25682 99 020A   0433 G 20050201203634600 17 15 1433231-552310 39  +075 05
    03818 69 024A   0433 G 20050201203634600 17 15 1435596-563856 39  +075 05
    26619 00 075A   0433 G 20050201203711100 17 15 1454023-551739 39  +080 05
    20041 89 041B   0433 G 20050201204354200 17 15 0836141+122629 39  +120 05
    20474 90 011B   0433 G 20050201212139400 17 15 0608174+061516 39  +100 05
    
    
    Notes:
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    (1) 99039B - Okean O Rocket -got several positions as I originally
        thought it was a bright "unknown", however later identified.
    
    (2) #25682,#03818 and Noss 0(A) all in field of view at same time.
        Elevation was 13 degrees. #26619 was observed a few seconds later
        at 11.4 degrees elevation.
    
    (3) #20041 - 89041B seen whilst observing #90013 - both geostationaries.
    
    (4) #20474 - 90011B is PRC-26 Rkt and was observed at 25650 kilometres
        whilst looking for USA 149 which was not seen. Magnitude range is
        +10 to fainter than +12.5 ( which is about my limit)-appeared
        regular in the short time I watched it.
    
    (5) So far all strays seen have been identified. I have a few more
        geostationary fields to check but initial impression is that the
        objects sought were not seen, so unless anything exciting this
        concludes report for 1st Feb 2005.
    
    Cheers
    Greg
    
    
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